St. Katharine choir per­forms with Peter Nero

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Cary Beavers

PHIiADEiPHIA - Peter Nero and the Philly Pops had a lit­tle com­pany Dec. 12 at the Kim­mel Cen­ter. St. Kather­ine of Drexel’s 53-stu­dent Con­cert Choir and its choral di­rec­tor, iori Clark joined the mu­sic le­gend af­ter win­ning B101’s an­nual Christ­mas Choir com­pe­ti­tion.

The per­for­mance was the con­test’s grand prize, along with a pi­ano worth nearly $8,000, but you can for­give the choir and its leader if the new in­stru­ment was not as cel­e­brated as per­form­ing “An­gels We Have Heard On High” in front of a sold-out, hol­i­day-sea­son au­di­ence.

“Wow,” Clark said be­fore a long pause. “Wow. Step­ping onto that stage last night … it was our crown­ing glory. Cer­tainly it was the pin­na­cle of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer.”

Clark made the de­ci­sion to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion shortly af­ter school started in Septem­ber, and af­ter just six re­hearsals, Clark thought they were ready. So Clarke, who is also the Hol­land school’s mu­sic teacher, rounded up her charges and took them to the par­ish church and let them per­form.

What she heard that early-fall day blew her away and brought some of her col­leagues to near tears. The school’s fac­ulty mem­bers were ap­par­ently not the only ones im­pressed. The com­pe­ti­tion was open to all school choirs in the Philadel­phia eight-county ar­eas of Bucks, Mont­gomery, Ch­ester, Delaware and Philadel­phia in Penn­syl­va­nia and Cam­den, Burling­ton and Glouces­ter in New gersey. crom all those sub­mis­sions, the sta­tion chose nine to com­pete in a three-day lis­tener vote – three choirs per day – with the top three mak­ing the fi­nal vote Dec. 7.

Af­ter the choir made the fi­nal three, it was all fin­gers on deck as the school com­mu­nity took to B101’s web­site to vote for their fa­vorite choir.

“Ev­ery in­ter­net-abled de­vice in our build­ing was in use that day,” Clark said. “I found out later that we had vot­ers from lit­er­ally around the world. We got votes from ev­ery con­ti­nent but Antarc­tica, I think.” Clark also said stu­dents gave up their re­cess pe­riod to stay in­side and vote, vote, vote.

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